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6th Annual Re-Purposed Doodad Sculpture Contest will be held at the Tampa Firefighters Museum

Scuplture Delivery Deadline: Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11

Guidelines: see below

Complete Online Entry Form: by April 5. See the Guidelines sheet below for the link.

This is always a fun and challenging sculpture contest! Start planning now for your students to participate. Again this year, Kathy Durdin, of Tampa Regional Artists and Doodad co-coordinator, raised almost $7,000 for student prizes, teacher prizes, and exhibition expenses.

What’s the Doodad this year?

  • Campaign signs–any kind and all parts of the sign (paper, plastic, wire, wood, etc.)
  • Carefully read and follow contest guidelines.
  • This will be an interesting puzzle for your students to solve 🙂

Where, when, and how to pick-up FREE campaign signs?

  • Where? City of Tampa Parks Department, a bin behind the ranger station at Lowry Park (not the zoo).
  • When? January 15 – February 26
  • Time? any time during normal Lowry Park hours (sunrise to sunset)
  • How? First come, first serve. (No City of Tampa staff will be available to assist with loading signs into vehicles.)

What are the themes? (all sculptures MUST fit into one of these themes)

  • Tampa History (Gasparilla, Ybor City, people, buildings, etc.)
  • U.S. History theme (people, buildings, monuments, events, etc.)
  • Firefighters as Superheroes (celebrating firefighters and the work they do)


Please click here to get the directions and map: SIGN PICKUP DIRECTIONS

REVISED 2017 GUIDELINES as of 11/15/2016 — Click on the image to download the LATEST 2017 Competition Guidelines sheet containing the contest rules and schedule dates! Check back occasionally for updates.

COPYRIGHT— Need to know more about copyright and plagiarism? Click on the image to download the Copyright and Plagiarism guide used by the school district.


CLICK HERE to view the 18 minute Doodads documentary by Ethan Huggins, highlighting the successes and history of the Doodads competition. This video was featured at the 2015 Doodads Awards Reception and in the Doodads exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Facebook News

Congratulations to the Middle School winners of the 2017 Doodad Repurposed Sculpture Competition.
Best and Peoples' Choice Award-- Lutz Prep Charter School, 9-11 -- Never Forget
Best Firefighters as Superheroes -- Ferrell GPA Middle Magnet, The Adventures of Firefighters
Best US History - Nick Wagner, Home School, First Flying Machine
Best Tampa History -- Wilson Middle, Gaspar's Boat
Honorable Mention - Roland Park K-8, The Taxation Conflict
Honorable Mention - Wilson Middle, The Fire of Fairlane Eastwood
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Congratulations to the High School Winners of the 2017 Doodad Repurposed Sculpture Competition.
Best and Peoples' Choice Award- Lennard High, Sacagawea
Best Firefighters as Superheroes - Blake High, Fire-man
Best US History -- Blake High, Buy Our Products
Best Tampa History - Steinbrenner High, Warrior's Gasparilla Boat
Honorable Mention - -Blake High, Change Your Perspective
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Congratulations to the Elementary Schools winners of the 2017 Doodad Repurposed Sculpture Competition.
Best -- Alex Wagner, Homeschool, Native Americans Killing Alligators
Best Firefighters as Superheroes - Kenly Elementary, Just Another Day at the Office for These Everyday Heroes
Best US History - Lamb Elementary, No Day Shall Erase You From Memory of Time
Best Tampa History - Alafia Elementary, Tampa Cigar Factory Fire 2015
Honorable Mention and Peoples' Choice Award -- Tampa Regional Artists Children's Class, Old Hyde Park Art Center
Honorable Mention - Cypress Creek Elementary, Our Community Heroes
Honorable Mention - Alafia Elementary, Fire Truck 2067
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Congratulations to Dana Warner, the 2017 receipent of the Warren Elly Award.This award, sponsored this year by Allegro, is presented to an individual who best opened students to expression of their own ideas and feelings through art. The award is named for the late Warren Elly, who throughout his reporting career cared deeply for the people behind the news events and revealed the humanity of their stories. ... See MoreSee Less

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Annual Doodad Competition shared their photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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Presenting Sponsor:

We are excited to announce that our Presenting Sponsor is once again Hill Ward Henderson!

Platinum Sponsors:

The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation joins presenting sponsor Hill Ward Henderson in sponsoring again this three dimensional art competition for Hillsborough County Students grades K-12.

“The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation is pleased to support this program designed to reinforce arts education and challenge students at all grade levels, as well as build the 4 C’s of 21st Century skills, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. The exhibition at the Tampa Bay History Center showcases this creativity to the entire community, ” said Sandy Rief, President, Frank E. Duckwall Foundation.

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